Samburu, Kenya / Doll (Ngide) / 20th centurySamburu, Kenya
Doll (Ngide)
20th century

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Creator Nationality: African
Creator Name-CRT: Samburu, Kenya
Title: Doll (Ngide)
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Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 1986
Creation Date: 20th century
Creation Place: Kenya, Africa
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Dolls
Materials and Techniques: Clay, cloth, glass (bead), metal (copper), pigment
Dimensions: Height: 6"
Description: Standing female figure of unbaked grey clay; small ovoid head with red coloring and black cap-like coiffure; modeled nose, deeply punched holes for eyes, nostrils and mouth; applied, pierced ears with coiled copper wire earrings; very small annular red glass bead embedded in clay on forehead and at hairline; 3 strand necklace of light blue spherical glass beads; necklace rests on large, applied clay circular collar with cape-like extension over shoulders; all with red coloring and very small light green annular glass bead embedded in center of collar; stump arms hanging downward; pointed breasts; columnar body with exaggerated, pointed feet; natural color cotton body wrap below breasts with cloth waist tie.
AMICA Contributor: Brooklyn Children's Museum
Owner Location: Brooklyn, New York, USA
ID Number: 86.5.2a
Credit Line: Museum purchase, 1986
Context: This type of doll is usually identified as Turkana rather than Samburu. It is played with by girls in other groups, such as the Maasai, as well. "Ngide," the name of several types of Turkana doll, means child, which indicates the doll's significance as a wish for fertility. Little is know about clay dolls like this one.
AMICA ID: BCM_.86.5.2a
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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